New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8: #1 Keene Leaves No Doubt In Romp Past Goffstown

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New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 8

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
2St. Thomas Aquinas31031
5Oyster River5931
6Somersworth/Coe-Brown 7951
8Lebanon/Stevens/Mount RoyalNR670

It didn’t take long for No. 1 Keene (8-2-2) to establish control in Saturday’s highly anticipated clash with Goffstown. Jerred Tattersall’s natural hat trick to open the game triggered a 7-1 rout of the Grizzlies before a packed house at Keene Ice.

“The boys put their most complete team effort together, making this one of our most impressive and important wins to date,” said Keene coach Chris McIntosh. “We find ourselves feeling very capable of making a deep postseason run. Our two losses came by one goal each and if we can get healthy once again, which we haven’t seemed to be all year, we will be a tough team to beat.”

The Blackbirds tied Merrimack, 3-3, earlier in the week. Manchester Central/West and Alvirne/Milford provide this week’s opposition.

No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (10-3-1) moves up one spot after knocking off Alvirne/Milford, 7-0, and sweeping “The Battle of Dover” Saturday with a 4-2 decision of their in-town rival. The Saints have road games at D1 Bedford and Spaulding this week.

No. 3 Merrimack (10-3-1) also takes a step up. In addition to that tie with Keene the Tomahawks took the measure of Winnacunnet on Saturday, 3-1. They face Somersworth/Coe-Brown Wednesday at home and visit Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal Saturday.

No. 4 Goffstown (10-4-0) drops two spots. Before that loss to Keene, the Grizzlies fell to D3 John Stark/Hopkinton earlier in the week, 4-3. They played Portsmouth/Newmarket Sunday evening and also take on Winnacunnet at home Wednesday before heading to Oyster River Saturday.

No. 5 Oyster River (9-3-1) turned back Portsmouth/Newmarket, 2-1, in its only game. It’s a busy week for the Bobcats as they squeeze three games into four days – Wednesday vs. Milford, Friday at Kingswood and Saturday vs. Goffstown.

It was a solid week for No. 6 Somersworth/Coe-Brown (9-5-1) as it took down Dover in OT before easing past Spaulding, 5-2. The Bearcats’ lone action this week is Wednesday’s trip to Merrimack.

No. 7 Dover (7-7-0) dropped to .500 after its losses to SCB and STA. The Green Wave looks to turn things around this week against D3 Pembroke/Campbell and Kingswood.

New to the poll is No. 8 Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal (6-7-0), winners of three straight last week against Kingswood, Spaulding and Portsmouth/Newmarket. They are at D3 No. 1 Berlin/Gorham and home to Merrimack this week.

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